As a doctor who is eager to embark on a locum tenens assignment or help patients, you likely don’t want to get bogged down in the time and red tape of medical licensure. Working in a new state will require more than just updating your CV and packing your suitcase.
If you are interested in practicing in a new state, you will most likely need to get licensed in that state. Fortunately, a group of state medical board regulators recognized the need to streamline the medical licensing process and established the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC). The IMLC has implemented a pathway to help qualified physicians practice in multiple states. This compact licensure can make life much easier for you if you want to work locum tenens.
The IMLC creates another pathway for licensure and does not change a state’s existing Medical Practice Act. The IMLC also adopts a uniform standard for licensure and affirms that the practice of medicine occurs where the patient is located at the time of the physician-patient encounter. Upon licensure via the IMLC, the physician will be under the jurisdiction of the medical board in the state where the patient is located.
The states and territory, as of January 2019, that are part of the IMLC are:
District of Columbia*
To determine if you qualify to participate in this program, review the requirements on the IMLC’s website.
For physicians who take on locum tenens assignments, there are countless opportunities and immense rewards
Although licensure is a necessary and often cumbersome process, our recruiters at Pacific Companies are determined to make it as seamless as possible.
To find out more interstate licensure and check out new Locum Tenens assignments contact us today.